Farm Tour to the
June 24 - July 16 Price $ 15,995 pp Twin Share
Single Room Supplement $2,750
Tour of USA:
Arizona, California, Georgia,Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois.
Join our farm tour to the Western States and the wonderful Mid West of the USA. Tour
includes a range of farm and industry visits as well as some of the famous cities and
sights of the USA. See the amazing Grand Canyon, Las Vegas, San Joaquin Valley - one
of the most productive agricultural areas in the world, Monterey and San Francisco.
Continue east with the tour extension to the “Heartland” Mid West, including diverse
farming enterprises from Georgia, Tennessee, Missouri and Iowa and Wisconsin. Visit
John Deere and Biofuels plants and cities of Memphis, (Elvis country!) St Louis and
Chicago. Add music, food and entertainment experiences along the way. What a tour!
Tour Itinerary (B= Breakfast, L= Lunch, D= Dinner)
Thursday June 24 Welcome to the USA (Airline meals)
Depart New Zealand for the USA. Arrive Los Angeles, then change planes and fly to Phoenix, Arizona, in
“the Valley of the Sun.” Phoenix, Arizona’s state capital, is
a sprawling city of 1.5 million residents, while the greater
metropolitan area boasts nearly 4.3 million people. Lo-
cated in the north eastern Sonoran Desert, the city enjoys
sunshine, warmth and dry weather most of the year. It is
a popular winter retreat for the “snowbirds” from the frigid
winter climes of the northern states and Canada. We spend
the next two nights in Scottsdale, a popular resort suburb
of Phoenix. Evening: Scottsdale
Friday June 25 Scottsdale (B-D)
Today we catch our breath after travel by relaxing beside by the pool with a cold drink and perhaps a good
book. The resort features 27 acres of breathtaking desert views, a championship golf course, spa, pools, a
variety of restaurants and lounges for your dining and entertainment pleasure, and shopping opportunities on
site or within a short shuttle ride of the resort. Enjoy an evening welcome
dinner. Evening: Scottsdale
Saturday June 26 Scottsdale – Sedona - Grand Canyon (BL-)
Depart Phoenix for our day’s journey north to Sedona, nestled amongst
buttes and pinnacles of red rock. Many artists live in Sedona - a testa-
ment to the spectacular setting. Continue through Oak Creek Canyon, a
16-mile, narrow canyon known for its white, yellow and red cliffs covered
in cypress, pine, and juniper. We drive through the city of Flagstaff, a
year round mecca for sports enthusiasts: skiing in winter; hiking, wilderness backpacking, and river rafting in
the summer. Continue on Hwy 89 north to Cameron, near the East Entrance to Grand Canyon National Park.
The Trading Post was established in 1915 as a place where the Navajo and Hopi Indians could come to barter
and trade and is now visited by people from around the world; allow-
ing them a glimpse into the Navajo culture. Check out the gallery with
one of the most exquisite collections of Native made crafts in Northern
Arizona. Later we arrive at one of the world’s most spectacular sights
– the Grand Canyon – where the earth’s history from 2 billion to 250
million years ago is displayed in the stratum of the rocks. The canyon
is 277 miles long and 5,700 feet deep. The balance of the day is free
to enjoy the spectacular views from the canyon’s edge.
Evening: Grand Canyon
Sunday June 27 Grand Canyon - Las Vegas (BL-)
Later this morning we leave the solitude and majesty of the Grand Canyon for the high energy and excitement
of Las Vegas, a desert memorial to glittery affluence and one of the greatest gambling and entertainment
centres anywhere in the world. En route see several permutations of eco-systems as we descend from a
sub-alpine system at 6753 ft. above sea level to the desert floor at 3334 ft. above sea level. The area is
very sparsely populated, with about 85% of the land owned and managed by the U.S. Government and the
remainder held by the Native people. The Bureau of Land Manage-
ment (BLM), a division of the U.S. Department of the Interior, leases
some range land to cattle ranchers. However, the area is so vast
we aren’t likely to see the cattle. We cross the Colorado River at
Bullhead (since 9/11, buses carrying luggage are not permitted on
the roadway that passes over Hoover Dam), and arrive in fabulous
Las Vegas, Nevada.
Evening: Las Vegas
Monday June 28 Las Vegas - Bakersfield (B-D)
Depart Las Vegas and continue across the Mojave Desert. The
desert is a very dry place - receiving only 2-4 inches of rainfall a year. Nonetheless, it supports a large variety
of plant, animal, and bird life. As we make our way toward Bakersfield, a range of mountains will appear to
our left. These mountains separate the Los Angeles basin, the vast farmlands of the Great Central Valley,
and the desert from each other. Arrive Bakersfield in the late afternoon. Situated in Kern County, at the far
southern region of the Great Central Valley, Bakersfield
is a centre for agriculture, petroleum extraction, and refining.
Enjoy dinner and country music at
Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace, located
next to the hotel. Buck Owens was
an American singer and guitarist
who, with his band, the Buckeroos,
developed “Bakersfield Sound”, named after his hometown.
Tuesday June 29 Bakersfield (BLD)
After breakfast around the pool, we depart for a day of farm
visits. The top five crops by value produced in Kern County
are almonds, grapes, milk, carrots, and citrus. Cotton is also
a major commodity; 85% of the fine cotton produced here and
elsewhere in California is exported to Pacific Rim countries.
95% of the cottonseed is used to feed cattle, while the remain-
ing 5% is crushed for oil. There are still some sheep in the
area but not nearly as many as during the last half of the 1800s when a large number of Basque came to
California during the California Gold Rush of 1849. They weren’t so successful at finding gold, but they did
discover excellent country around Bakersfield for raising sheep.
Wednesday June 30 Bakersfield - San Luis Obispo (BLD)
After breakfast, we depart Bakersfield and travel north through the San Joaquin Val-
ley to Harris Ranch, just one of a number of Harris Farms’ enterprises. Harris Farms
has been in business since 1937 and is one of the nation’s largest family-owned,
vertically integrated agribusinesses, which
includes the farms, the feeding company, a
meat company, an inn and restaurant, and
thoroughbred racehorses. Due to bio-ter-
rorist concerns, the ranch no longer allows
visitors inside the feedlot. A member of the
staff will give a film presentation that will allow you to see the operation
as though you were actually there. Lunch at Harris Ranch. Leaving
the San Joaquin Valley we travel west through the mountains to the
farming and ranching area of the Central Pacific Coast. We overnight at the eclectic Madonna Inn, in the city
of San Luis Obispo. The evening is free to enjoy on your own. Evening: San Luis Obispo
Thursday July 1 San Luis Obispo (BL-)
Enjoying a Mediterranean climate, the central coast is among the top produc-
ers of farm commodities such as broccoli, cattle and calves, strawberries and
bell peppers. The largest crop by far is wine grapes. The county is now the
third largest wine-producing region in California, surpassed only by Napa
and Sonoma counties. One of the finest dairy operations in the state is on
the campus of the California Polytechnic State University. The county has a
healthy beef cattle population as well. Evening: San Luis Obispo
Friday July 2 San Luis Obispo - Monterey (BL-)
Depart San Luis Obispo. Just a few miles up the coast is the famous home of newspaper publisher, William
Randolph Hearst. Hearst Castle is situated on the top of a 1,600-foot high mountain overlooking the Pacific
Ocean. The castle consists of 165 rooms and three guesthouses, all decorated with Mr. Hearst’s extensive col-
lection of art and antiques. Pools, fountains, and other statuary grace the beautifully
landscaped gardens and terraces. We enjoy a tour of the main floor of the Casa
Grande (big house) and the gardens. Continue north through the Salinas Valley,
commonly referred to as the “salad bowl of the nation”. Large vegetable farms
growing lettuce, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower, celery, spinach and artichokes,
stretch to the mountains on both sides of the highway. Packing
houses process and ship the produce by refrigerated trucks to
wholesalers and retailers all over the United States. We arrive in
Monterey in the late afternoon. Evening free to browse the shops
and enjoy dinner at one of the many restaurants on Monterey’s
Saturday July 3 Monterey - San Francisco (BL-)
After breakfast we return to the San Joaquin Valley, stopping at
the San Luis Reservoir and Dam, the fourth largest embankment
dam in the United States. The resulting reservoir is part of the California State Water Project, a network of
dams, reservoirs, pumping stations, and 550 miles of canals and major conduits that distribute water from
northern California to the vast farmlands of the San Joaquin Valley. Next we visit the Hilmar Cheese Com-
pany. Founded in 1984 by a group of local
dairymen, Hilmar Cheese Company produces
more cheese from one site than any other
manufacturer of cheese in the world, providing
Cheddar, and Monterey Jack for use in food
service, ingredients, retail and the restaurant/
fast food trade. Hilmar is also home to one
of the largest concentrations of Jersey cattle
outside of the Isle of Jersey. Late afternoon
arrival in San Francisco. Evening: San Francisco
Sunday July 4 San Francisco (B--)
The 4th of July is our most important national holiday; the day we celebrate the signing of our Constitution.
We begin the day with a driver-narrated city tour. Sites include Civic Centre, Opera House and Old Mission
Dolores (where San Francisco was founded). Twin Peaks for a panoramic view of the
San Francisco Bay, Golden Gate Park, cross the Golden Gate bridge to Mill Valley,
for a tour of the giant redwood trees in Muir Woods National Monument, and a visit
to beautiful Sausalito, a Mediterranean-style village with quaint shops, art galleries
and restaurants arranged along the San Francisco Bay.
Return by ferry to San Francisco’s Fisherman’s Wharf
for dinner at your own expense and free time to explore on your own.
Evening: San Francisco
Monday July 5 San Francisco (B--)
Today enjoy a free day in San Francisco – perhaps further exploring the city, shop-
ping, visiting Alcatraz or even taking optional days trips to the Napa Valley wine region or further to Yosemite
National Park. Alternatively, it is a good chance to relax for the day!
Evening: San Francisco
Tuesday July 6 San Francisco - Atlanta - Chattanooga (B-D)
Transfer to San Francisco International Airport and fly to Atlanta, Georgia. Meet your coach driver and agricul-
tural tour escort and travel to Tennessee, known for its beauty, mountains, whiskey, and country music. Cross
the southern tip of the Appalachian Mountains and into the vast US central basin – the
nearest mountains are the Rockies, 1500km away! The region is known for its tobacco
production as well as livestock, dairy, timber, cotton and horticulture. Enjoy dinner and
overnight in the city of Chattanooga, located on the Tennessee River, a central part of one
of the largest irrigation and hydroelectric power systems in the world. Evening: Chattanooga
Wednesday July 7 Chattanooga (BL-)
Travel through rolling hills, flowing grasslands, forests and fertile bottom lands to Hillsboro, Tennessee. Here
we will be looked after by a top farmer who recently vis-
ited New Zealand with the OFA (Outstanding Farmers of
America). Take a look at his and other local farming enter-
prises and enjoy ‘southern hospitality’ and discussions with
your hosts and neighbours. Later, visit the Jack Daniels
Distillery where “down home” country boys give you an
entertaining insight into this iconic Tennessee whiskey.
Thursday July 8 Chattanooga - Memphis (BL-)
Depart Chattanooga and head west across the Cumber-
land Plateau where the main cash crop is cotton. Visit a
horse stud and then continue on to the city of Memphis,
on the banks of the mighty Mississippi River. Enjoy the evening free to dine and listen to live blues music
on vibrant Beale Street – Memphis is the home of the Blues and the birthplace of Rock and Roll – think Elvis
Presley, BB King and Johnny Cash to name a few!
Friday July 9 Memphis - Branson (B-D)
After breakfast, marvel at the legacy of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll as you tour Elvis’ world renowned Graceland
estate. Next travel via Little Rock, Arkansas – home state of President Clinton. Cross the Mississippi, the
Delta areas serve for rich aquaculture (catfish and the largest rice production in the country). Enjoy a scenic
drive northwards to Branson in Missouri as the plains turn into rolling hills, lakes and streams. Arrive in to
Branson – a centre of America’s entertainment industry. After time to freshen
up at your hotel, enjoy dinner and Dolly Parton’s Dixie Stampede Show – a
fantastic night’s entertainment!
Saturday July 10 Branson (B--)
After breakfast travel west to Monett, Missouri, known for
its poultry and grassland beef and dairy production. Tour a NZ Dairy development - an 800
cow pasture based operation. Return to Branson where you can enjoy the rest of the day and
evening to relax at the hotel, shop or explore the many Branson attractions. You won’t be stuck for options!
Sunday July 11 Branson - St Louis (BLD)
Depart for St Louis, “Gateway to the West” on I-44, parallel to famous Route 66. Visit the impressive Missouri
Botanical Gardens, considered to be among the top three gardens
in the world. The magnificent 79-acre garden has been an St Louis
institution since 1859 and includes 25 demonstration gardens.
After lunch, take a panorama tour St Louis and perhaps take an
optional tour of the St. Louis Arch, the nation’s tallest man-made
monument and a gleaming symbol of the opening of the American
West. This evening enjoy a Mississippi River dinner cruise on an
Evening: St Louis
Monday July 12 St Louis - Keokuk (BLD)
Travel north this morning to Newark, Missouri. You are now in the heart of the US “Corn Belt” where agricul-
ture has dominated the scene aided by the Mississippi River for energy and transport. 92% of the nation’s
agricultural exports are produced in this region (78% of the world’s feed grain and soybean exports). Visit
Heartland Dairy running 6,000 Holsteins and 750 goats - the largest dairy operation in Missouri and one of the
largest non-commercial dairies in the nation. There are approximately 65 employees and they are producing
24,000 gallons of Grade A milk per day.
A separate program sells products for
composting and potting to nurseries
and greenhouses. After lunch at the
farm, travel to Kahoka, Missouri and
visit a grass and grain farming enter-
prise. This is a registered Angus stud
of bulls and bred heifers. They also
have 4,500 acres of corn, soybeans,
wheat and hay. Local farmers will join
you socially this evening. Continue to
nearby Keokuk (25 minutes) for overnight. En route you will briefly see the hydroelectric dam on the Missis-
sippi River - an engineering marvel of its time, Keokuk is the largest privately owned and operated dam and
hydroelectric generating plant on the Mississippi River.
Tuesday July 13 Keokuk - Bettendorf. (BL-)
Travel northwards to Amana Colonies, a group of settle-
ments in rural Iowa. Amana Farms is one of the largest
working farms in the Midwest with over 7,000 tillable
acres, 7,000 acres of grazing land for over 2,000 head
of cattle, and 7,000 acres of hardwood forest. Iowa
is supremely suited to agriculture with the richest and
deepest topsoil in the US and an excellent watershed.
Iowa is a major producer of corn, soybean, wheat, pork
and beef plus being a forerunner in biofuels research.
Visit the Heritage and Agricultural Museum and the Farm Complex including short visit with farm manager (if
available). After lunch, perhaps a chance for outlet mall shopping at Williamsburg. Travel on to Bettendorf
for the night.
Wednesday July 14 Bettendorf (B-D)
After breakfast visit the John Deere Harvester Works, a near 200-acre facility, began building horse-drawn
harvesting equipment in 1913. Today, it produces its full line
of combines, which can be made to order. Visitors ride on
moving carts through the 1½-hour trip and see the main
production line, from start to finish. Tour Mississippi Grain
Terminal and enjoy a BBQ at a farm north of Bettendorf,
meeting with group of farmers.
Thursday 15 July Bettendorf - Chicago (BL-)
This morning tour a nearby ethanol plant for an insight into
how corn is converted to ethanol fuel and other products.
You are now in the State of Illinois, comprising large areas of
fertile flat lands and a major producer of corn, soybeans and swine. Continue on for a lunch forum presented
by Farm Bureau on Midwest agriculture. After, visit a dairy and arable farm, home to 180 Holsteins on 650
acres of land where they also harvest corn, alfalfa, oats and wheat. The herd has 24,500 lbs. rolling herd
average on 180 registered Holsteins with 900 lbs. fat and
761 lbs. protein. June of 2007, 146 cows had a BAA (breed
age average) of 107. Currently, there are 185 replacement
heifers and 10 registered bulls. Cows are housed in sand
bedded free stalls and have access to pasture 8 months
of the year. Cows are milked twice a day in a DeLaval
herringbone parlour with weigh jars and automatic take-off
units. They ship between 10,000 and 11,000 lbs of milk
daily through a dairy co-op. Travel on to exciting Chicago,
Illinois, on the shores of Lake Michigan, for overnight.
Friday July 16 Chicago (B-D)
After breakfast, visit the famous Chicago Board of Trade. Next visit the
famous Sears Tower -standing at 1,450 feet and 110 stories high, Sears
Tower is the tallest building in North America and the third tallest building
in the world, consisting of steel columns and beams in a “mega-module”
system. This afternoon you are free to go sightseeing or shopping. This
evening enjoy a Chicago Prime rib farewell dinner complete
with live Jazz music.
Saturday July 17 Chicago to Homeports
Enjoy breakfast at the hotel. Later, depart for the airport and
travel back to New Zealand.
Sunday July 18 Lost in Transit
Monday July 19 Arrive New Zealand
Arrive at Auckland International Airport and make your way home.
NB: This draft itinerary is based on the latest information we have available at this time. Some aspects
of the tour may change where required and you will receive an updated programme and additional
information closer to the time of departure. Significant changes to exchange rates, airline prices or
other requirements beyond our control may result in changes to the advertised price.
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USA Tour June 24 - July 16. Cash Price: $ 15,995 pp twin share. Single supplement $ 2,750
The price of the tour is based on twin share accommodation. If you wish to share but do not have someone to share with, we will attempt to arrange this. However,
if there is not another single person willing to share, it may be necessary to charge the single supplement.
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